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Fox ‘News’ continues its R for D switches in mislabeling Republicans to earn the Media Putz award

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Originally published on on July 9, 2009

Fox ‘News’

This week’s Media Putz award is brought to you by the letter D, as in Democratic, the letter R, as in Republican, and the letter F for Fox “News” that can’t seem to tell the difference between the letters D and R.

Those of us who have gone through the third grade remember that a D can be made with a straight line and a half-circle, and an R is a P with an extra right leg sticking out.

To be fair, perhaps the folks at Fox “News” suffer from a highly unusual form of dyslexia, where they go to write the letter R and it comes out like a D. For example, in a classic Monty Python sketch “Travel Agents,” Eric Idle’s character can’t say the letter “c,” instead he substitutes the letter “b.” Michael Palin’s character suggests he say the letter “k” instead of the letter “c.”

The good news for Fox (and bad news for us) is that their illness comes and goes. Fox “News” only has this problem with Republicans go bad, the latest example was Gov. Mark Sanford from, that’s right, R-SC. That is R for Republican.

There have been other moments of non-lucidity. When Rep. Mark Foley had his problems, Fox “News” declared him a D instead of a R. There is even a screen capture when Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) defeated Lincoln Chaffee (R-RI) in the Senate race in 2006. In this graphic, the parties are switched around, as if Fox couldn’t believe someone named Whitehouse would belong to the Democratic Party.

Being in denial is not much of a way to go through life, and it’s a really lousy way to run a news operation. But Fox is only pretending to be a news operation: “we have anchors, we have opinion shows, just like a real cable news operation.”

When Republicans do poorly, FNC tries to hide the facts. When Democrats do poorly or okay or even great, Fox finds a way to spin it in a different direction. That’s not news; that’s propaganda.

But it’s clear that Roger Ailes and his flunkies at Fox “News” are starting to swallow their own propaganda: “Republicans, good; Democrats, bad.” So when a Republican governor goes up to confess that he has a mistress in Argentina, he should be identified as Mark Sanford (R-SC), not (D).

As Stephen Colbert put it, “When someone misbehaves, it’s natural to assume he’s a Democrat, even when he is the head of the Republican Governors Association.”

This isn’t to say CNN, Headline News, or MSNBC don’t have screwups in their screen crawls. The sad truth is that people with too much work on their hands in all elements of the media don’t have the time to make sure what is being presented has been spell-checked or examined for grammar issues. But the other cable news outlets don’t have a pattern to their mistakes that is ideological; their screwups are just that: screwups.

You have to wonder what the punishment is at these places when there is a screwup of this type:

Regular cable news outlet: “How could you make that mistake? You made us look stupid and foolish! Pay more attention next time!!”

Fox “News” Channel: “You know you put a D instead of a R in front of Mark Sanford’s name. Just for that, I’m forcing you to take the last donut and take the rest of the afternoon off with pay. And I don’t want to see your face around here until tomorrow morning!”

The MSM loves treating FNC as a legitimate news outlet, but we know better. At some point, passive/aggressive behavior, subconscious behavior, well, isn’t. The Fox “News” continuing pattern of “deliberate” screwups in a specific fashion is part of the master plan, the masquerade of disguise as a news operation. For once again putting propaganda before news, we award Fox “News” the Media Putz of the week award.

Screen captures from Democratic Underground.

Fox “News” has previously won the Media Putz on April 16, 2009 and on May 15, 2008.


Written by democracysoup

July 9, 2009 at 6:00 am

Posted in media criticism, MSM

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